MakerBot Software | Big Updates in Desktop 3.4


We’ve been making good on our promise to continuously improve and update our software, releasing updates to MakerBot PrintShop, MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot Mobile, and our firmware.

Today, we’re continuing that iterative progress with the release of MakerBot Desktop 3.4, which is loaded with important updates and cool new features that will improve your experience with our latest generation of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

Download MakerBot Desktop 3.4 now, and be sure to upgrade the firmware on your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer to the latest version (1.5).

Note: Currently, MakerBot Desktop 3.4 can be installed on computers running Mac OS, Windows 7, and Windows 8.0. We are in final testing stages for Windows 8.1 print drivers. An update will be available soon. When available, it will include the ability to natively print to your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer (except the MakerBot Replicator 2X) from any 3D modeling application compatible with the Windows 8.1 3D print pipeline.

Print Function Improvements
As promised, we’ve made improvements to our firmware and print slicing software in order to help improve print quality. First off, we’ve updated how the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder and the gantry motors that move it around in three dimensions work together.

We’ve also improved the speed and acceleration of the gantry motors, which means better handling of curves and edges in your 3D designs. Overall, we hope these enhancements offer you a big increase in print quality and a noticeable decrease in print times.

Advanced Calibration
Another great feature we packed into MakerBot Desktop 3.4 is a calibration tool called “z-axis offset” in the Device Preferences panel. This tool lets you adjust where your build plate is, relative to your Smart Extruder.

If you’ve been experiencing print quality issues with your rafts and the initial layers of your print, or hear clicking noises when you’re printing, your build plate may be too close or too far from your Smart Extruder. Adjusting your z-axis offset could be the solution, so give it a try.

Convenient Features for Networked Printers
Building off feedback from some of our customers at larger companies, we’ve also added the ability to assign a static IP address to your 3D printer. This will make it a whole lot easier to set up your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer over a network.

And speaking of printing over a network, if you’re printing from another room, we’ve just sped things up for you. We’ve eliminated the need to confirm your print manually using the dial on your MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer or MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer, or the action button on your MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. Now, you have the option to print directly from MakerBot Desktop or MakerBot Mobile as long as you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your printer.

New Ways to Use Your Onboard Camera
Yet another feature designed to speed up your printing time is a camera view of your build plate we’ve added to the pre-print pop-up window. That means you can quickly verify that your build plate is clear before you begin a print.

Made a print you’re especially proud of? Now, if you want, you can easily share a photo of your completed print on your build plate directly to Thingiverse using the onboard camera.

Coming Soon: Auto Update
We were also hoping to include an auto-update feature in MakerBot Desktop 3.4, but it isn’t quite ready. We won’t keep you waiting long though; keep your eye out for these updates in upcoming releases.

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MakerBot | Our Greatest 3D Printed Hits, Now on Amazon


Until today, the only way to get your hands on an intricate 3D printed design from MakerBot was to either print one on a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, or to visit one of our MakerBot Retail Stores.

But we wanted to find another way for everyone, regardless of where you live or if you have access to a 3D printer, to experience the magic of 3D printing.

Your 3D Printed Gifts Have Arrived
Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of pre-printed MakerBot models for sale on — just in time for your holiday shopping.

Be the first to purchase MakerBot 3D Printed Products from


Find the perfect gift for the 3D printing enthusiast in your life with our first batch of models. For this initial release, we’re sharing 15 of our most popular designs from the MakerBot Digital Store, including our realistic Dragon, Ram, and Saber-Toothed Cat Skulls, available in large, small, and gumball sizes.

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MakerBot Retail Partner | Explore 3D Printing at Staples


Now more people can explore 3D printing with MakerBot. Staples has teamed up with MakerBot as its exclusive in-store 3D printing partner. Staples shares our vision of introducing new ways of teaching, working, and creating to its customers with innovative technology. And starting on November 25th, you can find MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printers, MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, and MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanners at 50 Staples locations in 18 states across the country, from California to Connecticut.

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Get Hands On With 3D Printing
If you’ve been curious to see how 3D printing works, you can now visit Staples to learn more and see live demos (at select stores) by 3D printing experts who can answer your questions regarding MakerBot products and software. While you’re there, get hands on with 3D prints and learn how the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem can support your foray into 3D printing.

Make Innovation Happen
All MakerBot products at Staples operate within the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem’s broad platform of products and software for supporting and inspiring creativity. Whether you’re printing for the home, creating a curriculum, or enhancing your small business, Staples is the destination for getting started with the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem’s seamless workflow.

We’re ready for more Staples customers to discover MakerBot and 3D printing, and are eager to see what they make!

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MakerBot Software | Mobile 1.1, Made for Your iPad

Mobile-1-Header2In June, we announced a major expansion of our MakerBot 3D Ecosystem with the release of the MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot PrintShop, and MakerBot Mobile apps.

Today, we’re enhancing this powerful suite of 3D printing software with MakerBot Mobile version 1.1 and a new design created specifically for the iPad. It includes new ways to explore and share designs on the MakerBot Thingiverse 3D Design Community. We’ll also be adding the ability to start a print directly from your iPad or iPhone with our next firmware release (see below for details).

Download MakerBot Mobile 1.1 from the Apple App Store now

Simple, Elegant Design for the iPad
If you’re an iPad owner, you’re going to love the new grid layout we’ve created for viewing Thingiverse and your MakerBot Cloud Library. We’ve overhauled Thingiverse browsing in particular, making it more intuitive to explore. Let us know what you think of the new experience!


Browse Thingiverse in Style
With MakerBot Mobile, you already have hundreds of thousands of 3D downloadable digital designs at your fingertips wherever you go. MakerBot Mobile 1.1 takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen size and higher resolution to make Thingiverse easier and more intuitive to browse.


Coming Soon: Start a Print Remotely
In our original release, we gave you the ability to change filament or cancel a print remotely. With our next version of firmware for our MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, we’ll add something crucial to this list of remotely activated features in MakerBot Mobile 1.1: the ability to start a print on your iPad or iPhone from anywhere within range of your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer’s Wi-Fi network.

As soon as you’re ready to print remotely, MakerBot Mobile 1.1 will display a recent image of your build plate so you can check to see if the coast is clear before you begin your print.

How to Upgrade Your Firmware
To activate the remote printing feature, as well as a host of other improvements to MakerBot hardware and software products, please update your MakerBot device with the latest firmware when it’s released in the coming weeks. To update your firmware, first connect to a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer using MakerBot Desktop. From there, select the Update Firmware option in the Devices menu of MakerBot Desktop.

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Martha Stewart | Our Technology, Her Palette, Your Imagination


It’s always a pleasure when makers can work together. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce our collaboration with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, a brand that shares MakerBot’s devotion to innovation and DIY craftsmanship.

Introducing Martha Stewart for MakerBot Filament
The initial fruit of our collaboration is MakerBot’s first-ever co-branded collection of MakerBot PLA Filament. The collection showcases three of Martha’s favorite colors: Jadeite, Robin’s Egg, and Lemon Drop.

MakerBot CEO Jenny Lawton thinks Martha Stewart’s creations and colors are a natural fit for 3D printing, and Martha Stewart agrees. “3D printing allows for cost-effective product design without compromising artisanal character,” said Stewart.


These lively hues were inspired by the many varieties of milk glass made popular during America’s Gilded Age, and guided by Martha Stewart’s style and sensibility. Put a cheerful twist on your holiday decorations with these beautiful new colors of MakerBot PLA Filament.

3D Printable Designs by Martha Stewart
Our partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia gives us the opportunity to produce more than just beautiful new colors of filament.

We’re also harnessing the artisanal aesthetic of designs created by the Martha Stewart team, and using our in-house design team to optimize those creations for 3D printing. Our first group of models, the Trellis Collection, is available today on the MakerBot Digital Store.

Visit the MakerBot Digital Store to shop now

The Trellis Collection, which includes a Napkin Ring, Coaster, Place Card Holder, and LED Votive Holder, makes the perfect gift for the exceptional host or hostess in your life. We’ll continue to release elegant designs co-created by the Martha Stewart and MakerBot teams, so stay tuned for more.

SAFETY NOTES: Items from the MakerBot Digital Store are not guaranteed to be food safe, water safe, dishwasher safe, or microwave safe. Use the LED Votive Holder with flameless LED votive candles only: MakerBot PLA Filament will melt if it comes into contact with an open flame.

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Thingiverse | MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge


Ghostly International is a record label, design house, and technology innovator that provides works of high quality, integrity, and individuality. We’re excited to have Ghostly — and their keen eye for design — join us in presenting the MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge.

Using vinyl records and turntables as a starting point, we invite you to use your design skills to create novel objects that will delight record collectors, music lovers, and audiophiles alike. Specifically, we’re looking for things to decorate, augment, or personalize your records and stereo systems.

Just upload your designs to Thingiverse with the tag #GhostlyVinyl before November 30th at 11:59PM EST. Entries must be tagged #GhostlyVinyl to be considered.

A panel of MakerBot and Ghostly employees will judge entries on creativity and printability and winners will be announced on December 15th. The first-prize winner will receive Ghostly’s 2014 full length vinyl catalog and a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.

Make sure to read all the Official Rules here.

For further inspiration, download Ghostly’s Music For Makers compilation.

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Thingiverse | MakerBot Modio Challenge Winners


The wait is over.

After watching an amazing parade of entries roll in, we’re happy to announce that we’ve picked our winners for the #ModioChallenge.

While we’re never surprised by the ingenuity of the Thingiverse community, we were particularly blown away by the results of this challenge. The Modio app inspired the Thingiverse community to remix Modio models, create their own, and even imagine their own worlds. It incorporated newly designed parts like chess pieces, fur coats, and boxing gloves and led to ideas that were surely surprising even to the imaginative people who created the app.

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work and creativity. Now, onto the results:


And the winners are…

First prize goes to ibudmen’s Modio Lamp. The illuminating design takes Modio components to a completely new place and even allows for personalized versions by incorporating a Customizer.

Second prize goes to bobtato’s Jeff: The World’s Most Powerful Centaur. The mythological design incorporates newly designed horse parts and a cape.

Third prize goes to SIMPAD17’s Omnis Terra. This new “Guardian of the Land of Modioworld” design incorporates unique components and is part of a series of models and a whole creative myth of its own.

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MakerBot Stories | Mastering the Mini

Felix Olivieri has worked in a few different art-supply stores over the years. So when he and his wife, Sarah, decided to open Olivieri’s Arts, Crafts, & Coffee in Kingston, a Hudson River town a couple of hours north of New York City, he knew what he wanted: hard-to-find specialty paints and pencils, a coffee bar with a kids’ art table nearby, display cases made from repurposed furniture, and a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, which belongs to “the world of art of the future.”

Olivieri had used 3D modeling software, but he’d never made anything on a 3D printer before ordering one for the new store. “Once I got it in, first thing I did was set it up, sit there with a cup of coffee, and watch it print,” he says. “And every day since, people do the exact same thing: They walk in, say, ‘I’ve never seen one of these up close,’ and spend the next 20 minutes sipping coffee, watching it print — and then buy another cup of coffee.”


The Olivieris found some fixtures for the store — hooks, clips, small shelves — on Thingiverse, and made them on the MakerBot Replicator Mini. Felix made nametags for Sarah and other employees using MakerBot PrintShop. The app, which makes custom signs and objects, has been an effective way of explaining 3D printing to his customers.

The Learning Curve

Olivieri has gone through a learning curve with the MakerBot Replicator Mini, learning design tricks and discovering new features, and he has hit some frustrations along the way. “If you unload the filament too soon, that’s when you’re most likely have a misprint,” he says. He has learned to be patient, and wait for the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder to cool down first. “Five or ten minutes is not going to slow down your day,” he says.


Caring for The Extruder

“Anything like that is going to get clogged up if you don’t take care of it,” Olivieri says of the extruder. When the Olivieris bought a 3D printer, they also got the MakerBot MakerCare Protection Plan, and he has worked with MakerBot’s support team to troubleshoot and, when it was necessary, to replace his Smart Extruder. Olivieri suggests having a spare Smart Extruder on hand in case you run into issues, so you can keep on printing. Expect challenges, Olivieri says, “but don’t let it get you down when it happens. The worst thing you can do is give up.”

Olivieri’s excitement about 3D printing is contagious. “I want to inspire people. I want to educate people,” he says. “It takes people a little bit to grasp what they want to print themselves.” As he demonstrates the MakerBot Replicator Mini for a curious group of schoolchildren, you can see their eyes being opened to a not-too-distant future when “everything is convenient, everything is at your fingertips. Hit print, there you go.”

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Thingiverse | MakerBot Thingiverse FirstBuild Icebox Challenge


Some would say the refrigerator is the most important appliance in the kitchen. While the primary role of the household refrigerator has always been, and continues to be, to keep food and drinks cold, innovations such as 3D printing are making it possible to transform the appliance that is at the center of the kitchen into a customized tool that better meets the needs of the homeowner.

The desire to customize has inspired us to collaborate with FirstBuild to introduce the FirstBuild Thingiverse Icebox Challenge, aimed at designing solutions that can be placed inside of the refrigerator. Ideas could range from purely 3D printed pieces to battery-operated electromechanical devices.  FirstBuild’s engineers have already gotten inspired about this Ice Box Challenge and have designed test prints that include a 3D printed pizza box holder, customizable to the size of the box and the shelves in the refrigerator, and a motorized 3D printed wine chiller.  The possibilities are endless!  We’re excited to see what innovative ideas you come up with.

To qualify, designs must be uploaded to between November 3 and November 23, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Entrants are also encouraged to upload their entries to using the tag #IceBoxChallenge for a chance to be featured on the Thingiverse site. 3D print testing, online community voting and judging will occur from November 27 to December 2, with the winner announced December 15.

Make sure to read all the Official Rules here.


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MakerBot Desktop | Ready, Set, Reprint!

Download MakerBot Desktop 3.3

Introducing Print History
At the beginning of October, we said we’d deliver a feature for MakerBot Desktop that you’ve been asking for: the ability to reprint your favorite designs as easily as possible. Today, we’re proud to bring you Print History — an automatic way to save printed files for fast reprinting, and one of the great new enhancements packed into MakerBot Desktop 3.3.

Download MakerBot Desktop 3.3 now.


Kiss Reslicing Goodbye
Print History is a new folder we added to the MakerBot Desktop Library tab that automatically stores any file printed from Thingiverse or your MakerBot Cloud Library on your MakerBot Replicator, MakerBot Replicator Mini, or MakerBot Replicator Z18. It may seem like a small feature, but we’re all pretty excited about it because it massively accelerates your 3D printing workflow by allowing you to quickly reprint without having to spend time reslicing your build plate layout.

All of Your Prints in One Place
When you’ve already spent time designing a file and exporting it for printing, the last thing you want to do is waste time searching for it again. That’s why we’ve organized the new Print History folder so you can quickly find all your previous prints. Each printed file in the folder updates automatically every time you print and includes the name of your file, an image of your file, and the date when the file was last printed.

Note: The Print History folder does not include prints purchased from the MakerBot Digital Store, but will include all prints saved from Thingiverse, as well as from your personal Library. Also note that Print History only works when your 3D printer is connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi.


Your Print History: Mobilized
Print History doesn’t just work on your desktop computer: files you’ve sent to your printer using the MakerBot Mobile app will also appear in your Print History folder there. And remember, once a print is underway, you can use MakerBot Mobile to receive notifications on your iPhone whenever your printer runs out of filament, requires your attention, or completes a print.

Be sure to download MakerBot Desktop version 3.3, and let us know what you think about all of our software products as we iteratively improve them to provide you a more seamless and efficient 3D printing workflow.



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12 months special financing on new
MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases
with Dell Preferred Account on

Limited-time offer for qualified customers.
Offer Details

12 months special financing on new MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases is a no interest if paid in full by November, 2015 financing promotion. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full by your payment due date in November, 2015 or if you make a late payment. Minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional period. If not paid by end of promotional period, account balance and new purchases will be subject to the Standard APR rates, which range from 19.99% - 29.99% variable APR, as of 8/30/2014, depending on creditworthiness. Offers subject to credit approval and may be changed without notice.

Dell Preferred Account offered to U.S. residents by WebBank, who determines qualifications for and terms of credit. Promotion eligibility varies and is determined by WebBank. Taxes, shipping, and other charges are extra and vary. Payments equal 3% of your balance or $20, whichever is greater. Minimum Interest Charge is $2.00.

All products in your cart at the time of purchase will qualify for the special financing promotion if purchased with Dell Preferred Account between 11-26-2014 through 12/30/2014.

New MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases are eligible! Refurbished and/or used purchases do not qualify for promotions. Eligible e-value/order codes: A7516721, A7629818, A7598495, A7617635.

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